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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Robert Sheppard: Basho’s Famous Haiku and three variations

An ancient pond, yes!
The frog then leaping into
its own rippled splash.


old viscous cesspit:
frog leaps into dead tadpoles –

gulf, gloop! he’s sinking!


stuffed frog on the shelf
flops to the floor in a heap –
soft friend on the rum


Fool rules IKEA:
Car was Zuton bike on moon.
My zone yoyos too!

These poems come from a diary I kept between January and April 2018. The Basho variations (the first of which I wrote some years ago for teaching) appear in my untitled prose haibun which is now safely in a brown envelope in a drawer for a month.

This is my favourite version of the poem: by dom silvester houedard (dsh), in three words: 'pond/frog/plop' folded in one of those children's games (I don't know what they are called, but if you've ever played one, you'll recognise this. If you don't, ask somebody older.)